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NCJ Number: 210452 Find in a Library
Title: Response to Stalking Cases: Guidelines for Law Enforcement
Corporate Author: California Cmssn on Peace Officer Standards and Training
United States of America
Date Published: February 2002
Page Count: 44
Sponsoring Agency: California Cmssn on Peace Officer Standards and Training
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Document: PDF
Type: Guideline
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document contains statewide guidelines for California law enforcement agencies in responding to stalking, a stalking-course outline, and the Minimum Standards for Stalking Training incorporated in the POST (California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training) Administrative Manual.
Abstract: Four of the 21 guidelines for law enforcement personnel in responding to stalking pertain to their responsibility to have a thorough knowledge of all State law pertinent to stalking. A fifth guideline advises that police should have a basic understanding of a stalker personality profile. Ten guidelines focus on response and investigation. Among these guidelines are the following: Conduct a thorough investigation and threat assessment; be aware of possible ramifications of interviewing the stalking suspect; know intervention case management techniques; respond to and investigate "cyberstalking" cases; and advise the victim of protective action. Six guidelines focus on aspects of victimization. They include being aware of the stalking's impact on the victim; be aware of civil liability that may be attached to what an officer advises or does not advise a stalking victim; form a cooperative partnership with the victim; and use appropriate interview techniques with a traumatized stalking victim. The expanded course outline for a stalking training seminar addresses the following issues: the law of criminal threats, threat assessment investigative techniques, prosecution-focused investigative techniques, restraining and protective orders, mental health issues and options, firearms issues, murder for hire, cyberstalking issues, parole and probation issues, and victim issues.
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Anti-stalking laws; California; Police standards; Police training standards; Stalkers
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